Here we see the table of those who scored the most centuries in the first innings:
Ponting (21) is followed by Kallis and Tendulkar with 20. Next are the two Steves, Smith and Waugh with 17. From India, others with 10+ centuries are Dravid (15), Gavaskar (11), Pujara (10) and Sehwag (10).
Current players with 10+ centuries are SPD Smith (17) and Pujara (10).
Those who loved the first innings:
JM Bairstow (Eng) made all his 6 centuries in the first innings.
AF Rae (WI) and Wasim Raja (Pak) made all 4 of their centuries in the first innings.
Also note SP Fleming (NZ) who made 8 of his 9 centuries in the first innings. And KC Wessels (Aus/SA) made 5 of his 6 centuries in the first innings.
Those who hated the first innings:
Taufeeq Umar (Pak) made 7 centuries but none in the first innings.
WW Armstrong (Aus) similarly had 6 centuries, and MG Burgess (NZ) had 5.
To be continued.